The UEFA Champions League Qualifying takes centre stage on Wednesday with Rosenborg and Celtic vying to take a step closer to qualifying for Europe’s elite competition and the glitz, glamour and finance that comes with it. The sides meet again to decide which team progresses to the final play-off round, with the loser dropping into the Europa League play-off round.
UEFA Champions League Qualifier – Rosenborg vs Celtic (2nd Leg) – 02/08/17.
Kick off 19:45 GMT
Aggregate Score 0-0
- Rosenborg – Best Odds 2/1 (Match Winner)
- Celtic – Best Odds 6/4 (Match Winner)
- Draw – Best Odds 12/5
Last weeks display at Celtic Park will give Rosenborg and their fans huge cause for optimism. The Norwegian league leaders were very unlucky not to walk away with a first leg lead but could they end up rueing their missed opportunities against the Scottish champions last week?
Rosenborg sit 5 points clear at the top of the Norwegian league, with less than half the season to go and their apparent match sharpness told against Brendan Rodgers’s men last week. They will of course be hoping they can exploit home advantage too on Wednesday evening.
Despite conceding lots of possession to Celtic last week, Rosenborg created numerous chances with slick movement and passing. Nicklas Bendtner (a very familiar face amongst British football fans) and others were culpable for missing some guilt edge opportunities.
Provided they can add some end product to their game, the Trodenheim outfit will be feeling rather confident this time around.
Brendan Rodgers’s side failed to record a shot on target until the 77th minute of last week’s encounter which perhaps eluded to their lack of match practice. There were no such problems on Saturday though as they demolished Sunderland 5-0 at the Stadium of Light.
The Hoops are sweating on the fitness of star striker Leigh Griffiths, who missed out last week though suspension but has been nursing a calf injury of late. He has travelled to Norway with the squad, it is unknown how much of a part he will be able to play on Wednesday.
Energy and movement up front we’re lacking for the green and whites last week and if fit, Griffiths will certainly provide that.
Celtic’s remarkable domestic achievements last season have naturally led to huge optimism for the Parkhead faithful and their performances against Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City last season, will further enhance that good feeling. Wednesday’s game though is a huge indicator as to where Rodgers’ side are at and how much they can achieve in the competition this season.
Will they rise to the occasion like they did so many times last year or will the expectation get the better of them and will the Champions League dream die, before the domestic season begins?
Head to Head
Due to the history of both of these sides in European completion, their Head to Head records perhaps don’t mean too much in the context of this tie.
This is their 4th competitive meeting in Champions League football and last weeks match at Celtic Park was the first time the teams have met competitively in 16 years.
The overall record is level though, Rosenborg won their home game 2-0 back in the Champions League group stages of 2001. Celtic won their game at home 1-0 with last week’s goalless draw completing the Head to Head of one win, one loss and one draw for both teams.
With the huge amount at stake for both teams, Wednesday’s result promises to have a huge impact on Rosenborg’s and Celtic’s season(s).
Odds and Predictions
Picking a winner in this one is particularly tough and that is reflected in the betting odds. BetVictor have Rosenborg best priced at 2/1 whilst Celtic are the narrow favourites at 6/4 with Betway. The draw is priced at 12/5 with Bet 365.
Due to the closeness of the teams and the amount at stake, extra time and penalties are a real possibility meaning the ‘To Qualify’ bet could be a good option.
Celtic are further ahead in this market due to the away goals rule – best priced 3/5 with UniBet. Rosenborg are a very tempting 31/20 with BetVictor to go through on the night.
The ‘Draw no Bet’ market also offers a chance to back Rosenborg at odds of 23/20 or Celtic at 4/5, with the security of receiving your money back if the game finishes level after 90 minutes
With last week’s game as a barometer and what’s at stake, goals could be hard to come by and it could be a moment of brilliance or a costly error that separates the teams.
Under 2.5 goals in the match (90 minutes) at 3/4 (Bet365) looks a fantastic punt in the match situation.
The more adventurous could even go for Under 1.5 goals – at a very generous 11/5 with BetWay.
If one team scores early, the opposition are going to have to go for broke or face this season in the Europa League so backing teams to turn the game around could be a shrewd move. Rosenborg to be winning at half time and Celtic at full time is 28/1 with Ladbrokes and they go to 33/1 if you flip that result around. With the huge amount on the line – anything could happen.
Top Betting Tip
Our top betting tip for this match for under 2.5 goals in the match (90 minute betting) at odds of 3/4 with Bet365.